Muslim leaders explain Barack Obama love

About 72 percent of Muslim-Americans said they approve of the president

Muslim-American leaders said Friday that a new poll showing the community’s sky-high approval rating of President Barack Obama stems partly from its disdain for the Republican party.

“I think [Muslim-Americans] see the president sympathetically, but they also see his opponents to be, for lack of a better term, just damn awful,” said James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute. “The way Republicans have handled the Muslim community…what they feel is outright bigotry. It makes them see the president in a sympathetic light.”

“Muslims, in our data for one thing, skew very young,” Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport said in an interview when asked to explain the findings. “The Muslims in our sample are the youngest among any of those religious groups and young people are more likely to be Democratic…and in our sample they likely live in the East and that’s the most Democratic region in the country…”